RSS Feed

Legal Updates

More Articles: Latest Popular Archives

More rights and better working conditions for non-EU seasonal workers

Seasonal workers from outside the EU will be entitled to better working and living conditions, including proper accommodation and a limit on working hours, under a law passed by the EU Parliament on 5 February 2014, aimed at ending exploitation and to prevent temporary stays becoming permanent. Member States will be required to fix a maximum length of stay for non-EU seasonal workers, of between 5 and 9 months over a 12-month period. Any application to enter the EU as a seasonal worker will have to include a work contract or a binding job offer specifying essentials such as pay and working hours as well as evidence that the worker will have appropriate accommodation. Non-EU seasonal workers will have the same rights as EU nationals as regards minimum working age, pay, dismissal, working hours, holidays, and health and safety requirements. Member states will have two and a half years to put the new rules into effect.


Content Note

The aim is to provide summary information and comment on the subject areas covered. In particular, where employment tribunal and appellate court cases are reported, the information does not set out full details of all the facts, the legal arguments presented by the parties and the judgments made in every aspect of the case. Click on the links provided to access full details. If no link is provided contact us for further information. Employment law is subject to constant change either by statute or by interpretation by the courts. While every care has been taken in compiling this information, SM&B cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Specialist legal advice must be taken on any legal issues that may arise before embarking upon any formal course of action.

Receive more HR related news and content with our monthly Enewsletter (Ebrief)